With their interest in storytelling and passion for visual narratives, they create audiovisual experiences that engage audiences and provoke thoughtful contemplation.
By dissecting odd and remarkable events from their own lives they explore the intersection of nature and culture In this process they construct a personal mythology, rooted in nature and the landscape of Telemark, Norway. Their visual expression balance between the recognizable, intimate, magical and otherworldy.
Since 2009 they have mainly worked with film and produced the film trilogy “Under earth” which consists of: “Magic blood machine” (2012), “When I go out I bleed magic” (2015) and “I found you under earth, under blood” (2019).
Currently they are developing “Seeper Weeper Sleeper,” a series of episodic films and sculptures. Rooted in nature, “Seeper Weeper Sleeper” is a tale of sleep, life and death.
The idea of falling asleep is central to the episodes. We trust that it is safe to fall asleep, and close our eyes. A bed is a budding castle and the duvet is a shield. In the series, we meet beings who hunt while others sleep, one character floats drowsingly between the trees and others sleep into death. Bedposts stand guard as the characters cry themselves to sleep, search for sleep inducing substances and wear themselves out. Wondrous mysteries and rituals unfold through various characters and scenes, performed by Torvund and enhanced by her handmade costumes, scenery and lo-fi special effects.
All works so far are based on their interest in nature, folklore and science fiction. The films and episodes are filmed in western Telemark, an area known for folk music, storytelling traditions and historic churches where pagan and Christian symbols exist side by side. In this area, Torvund has a completely unique knowledge of the landscape and constantly find new scenographies in the distinctive Norwegian nature. It is in this environment that we find nature's intrinsic value, out on the moors, in the caves, in the old forest and in the new.
Their works often take this landscape as a starting point, but the forest is transformed into a being in itself. An independent being that the characters in the films have to deal with. By combining Christian and pre-Christian mysticism, we draw parallels to magic and folk-belief, but merge these influences into a unique and distinctive vision.
Torvund (b. 1985) and Mailand's (b. 1985) previous solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Oslo, Kurant in Tromsø, Kunsthall Grenland, Spriten Kunsthall and gallery Soft in Oslo. Together they have participated in several group exhibitions at, among others, Galerie im Körnerpark in Berlin, Kunsthall Oslo, Southbank Center in London, Bomuldfabrikken Kunsthall in Arendal, Forbundet Frie Fotografer in Oslo, and the Høstutstillingen at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo.